MIAMI, FLA. – The Coral Gables BID will be the presenting sponsor for Miami New Times’ fifth-annual Artopia on Thursday, February 28, 2013 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave. in Coral Gables. Some of Miami’s best artists, musicians, performers, fashion designers, and culinary masters will come together for an eclectic and unique artistic experience.

Artopia will bring together 1,500 young professionals, local businesses, eventgoers, and art lovers alike for an evening of art, culture, fashion, music food, and film. Event attendees will enjoy complimentary food, wine, cocktail, and beer sampling while viewing the city’s most interesting musical performances, a live fashion show, creative performance art, and works from local artists.

The Coral Gables BID (“BID”) is responsible for branding Downtown Coral Gables and Miracle Mile by providing advertising and advocacy support for over 200 Coral Gables business owners and property owners. The BID has supported the generation of millions in retail and dining sales by producing innovative events, including Coral Gables Restaurant Week, Giralda under the Stars and Wine Walk & Shop on the Mile. In addition, its award-winning marketing and advertising programs for the “Miracle Mile and Downtown Coral Gables” brand have resulted in millions of dollars in earned media exposure, putting downtown Coral Gables on the map as a major tourist and local destination.

The New Times MasterMind Award will be given to local artists, writers, crafts people, or other performers whose work stands out for its enterprise, creativity, and genius. Past winners have included Jillian Mayer, the End/Spring Break, Drugged Conscience Records, Christy Gast, Jorge Rubiera, Matt Preira, Borscht Film Festival, Jen Stark, and Susan Lee-Chun.

Tickets cost $25 in advance or $35 at the door and include food sampling, spirits sampling, and full access to the Artopia event. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $45 in advance or $55 at the door and include access to the VIP Lounge with private DJ, premium restaurant sampling (available in VIP only), open bar, and full access to Artopia. Tickets will go on sale in January 2013.
For more information, visit NewTimesArtopia.com or like us on Facebook.

About the Business Improvement District of Coral Gables
Created in 1997, the Business Improvement District of Coral Gables’ mission is to promote commercial vitality for Miracle Mile and downtown Coral Gables and to act as a strategic catalyst for the overall improvement of the area. Downtown Coral Gables’ Miracle Mile is a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood with more than 160 retailers and over 70 restaurants. Infused with a chic European feel, tree-lined streets, and Mediterranean architecture, the historic area boasts some of Miami’s finest boutiques, acclaimed restaurants, and lively cultural venues. Downtown Coral Gables, with its Miracle Mile, is an elegant and sophisticated destination to live, shop, play, and work. It is Miami’s charming gem that locals like to keep secret and visitors fall in love with when they find it. For more information and a directory, visit shopcoralgables.com, become a fan at facebook.com/ShopCoralGables, or follow us on Twitter @ShopCoralGables.

About New Times

When New Times purchased a small fortnightly newspaper in late 1987, the Miami metropolitan area was served by two dailies, populated with aging retirees, begging for tourists, and struggling to invent a place called South Beach. And of course, it moved to a Latin beat.
Today the Latin beat remains, but a couple of other things have changed. There is only one daily paper. The median age has dropped dramatically. Tourists come to play all year ’round. South Beach’s nightlife scene is world-famous. And Miami New Times, now with a circulation of more than 70,000, has become the region’s essential compendium of news and information for residents and visitors alike.

Drawing on the talents of an accomplished editorial staff recruited from across the country, New Times has established a reputation for compelling stories ignored or overlooked by major media, for insightful coverage of local arts and entertainment, and for unflinching exposure of Miami’s seamy political life. That reputation for high-caliber journalism has spread beyond South Florida. The paper has won more than 70 first-place awards for editorial excellence, statewide and nationally.


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